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Incident Name: Ace Creek Fire in the northeastern corner of Washington
Date: 8/16/1986
Personnel: Cash L. Hopkins
Age: 26
Agency/Organization: a Washington State (DNR) fire; the Washington State inmate crew
Position: firefighter

Summary: On August 16, 1986, Cash Hopkins died after being struck by a falling green snag while on a fire assignment in eastern Washington.

 

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Area of Ace Creek Fire, Pend Orielle County, Coleville - Washington DNR. If anyone has a more specific location, please let us know.

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Firefighters gaining ground as lightning eases

    August 17, 1986 | Tri City Herald (link no longer works)

    "Inmate Cash Hopkins was struck by a falling snag in eastern Washington," the Pend Orielle County Sheriff said.

  • Lessons Learned Center Database has a record. The incident was not reported in 1986, possibly because the incident was referred to the Pend Orielle County Sheriff's Department, so details are not known.
LLC: WA Fatality Incident involving snag LLC: WA Fatality Incident involving snag
 
  • Cash Hopkins named as fallen
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  • Info about the crews and changes that were made after Cash died:
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